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Of Superbowl Ads, Tim Tebow's Story, and Freedom of Speech

Think Christianly: Of Superbowl Ads, Tim Tebow's Story, and Freedom of Speech

Monday, February 8, 2010

Of Superbowl Ads, Tim Tebow's Story, and Freedom of Speech

Well the most watched TV event ever is over--106 million I think--and what have we learned? The Colts are really good. The Saints were better last night.

But what have we learned from all of the hype regarding the Pro-life Tim Tebow ad. A very important lesson in our media savvy culture. Less is more.

here are some summary thoughts and commentary...

See the Full Video of Tebow's Story. (well worth watching!)

Tebow Super Bowl Ad Leads Viewers to 'God Story'

"Nicely played, Focus on the Family. Having gotten the entire country to talk for weeks about the group's antiabortion stance with this controversial Tim Tebow spot, the ad itself ends up with only the phrase "miracle baby," a website referral and the tagline, "Celebrate family. Celebrate life," to clue us in on the ad's subtext." (from CNN)

"Dr. Darrell Bock, research professor of New Testament at Dallas Theological Seminary, said there is a push back on the ability of someone to tell a personal story, or the right to free speech.

“Some people use the word hate speech [to describe the ad] and they haven’t even seen it,” Bock told The Christian Post Friday. “This is particularly odd in a society where all kinds of free speech that would be uncomfortable for a lot of people [are aired]. But someone tells a personal story and they try to cut that off.”--Darrell Bock (for more)

Tim Tebow Foundation from Tim Tebow on Vimeo.

NOW is outraged....seriously? (read below)

John McCormack writes:

The LA Times reports that the president of the National Organization for Women is still outrageously outraged over the incredibly tame Focus on the Family/Tebow ad last night:

NOW president Terry O’Neill said [the Tebow ad] glorified violence against women. “I am blown away at the celebration of the violence against women in it,” she said. “That’s what comes across to me even more strongly than the anti-abortion message. I myself am a survivor of domestic violence, and I don’t find it charming. I think CBS should be ashamed of itself.

The “violence against women” O’Neill refers to occurs when Tim Tebow tackles his mom Pam in an attempt at slapstick.

"No word yet on whether or not NOW is equally outraged by the hyper-sexualized objectification of women in many of the other Super Bowl ads. Or whether or not they are bothered by the actual violence that is done to women who are just being born."--Justin Taylor (HT - Between Two Worlds)

Finally, would you be able to make a powerful case for the human rights of the unborn in 5 minutes or less? You can if you read this...

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